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Good News - February 2018


Better Together

As I sit here to type, it’s been a day with one example after another of how true that title is. Many things are just better together. Hot chocolate just isn’t the same without marshmallows (ask any child!), peanut butter is made more awesome with jelly, and macaroni is just “eh” without cheese.

Okay, this isn’t a foodie blog, but life is just better with some ‘together’ going on. If you were in worship two weeks ago, you heard a little bit about this. Then, I approached how community helps pick us up when life is tough. Know what? Community also helps us become stronger, better, more human even when things are going well!

This morning, as one of those examples, I had the chance to talk with someone I knew by distant association (friend-of-a-friend kind of thing), but I never got the chance to talk one-on-one. This day, we had the chance to talk and it was encouraging just to hear how God has been using her in unique and unexpected ways.

Maybe you have had some of these conversations, or “God sightings” as Christians like to call them, in your life. I hope you have had them recently! They are often small, they are mostly random, but they are always unique in giving you that boost that you need to experience a blessed life even more. God is very creative at giving us what we need to make it through the day. As my conversation reminded me, God is also very creative at using us in ways that sneak around, go over, or just blast through our shortcomings. Just look at, oh, almost every character in the Bible!

Pay attention to those moments or conversations and don’t be afraid to run with them. You never know when something you say, or something that’s gone on in your day or week can be an encouragement to somebody else.

Maybe it gives you a new frame of reference to view something going on (they say something in a way you never thought of before).

Maybe it reminds them they aren’t alone.

Maybe it reminds you that you aren’t alone.

Sometimes we, as people, need that reminder.

And sometimes God uses you to be that reminder.

May we all be better together!


Pastor Brian





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Confidence In The ChaosUnshakeable (6/6)John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         Why do you think it is significant that the donkey had never been ridden in today’s story?

·         What would the Lord say He "has need of" in your life? What is he asking for from your heart?

·         We know from the other gospels that Jesus wept on Palm Sunday because he knew the difference between their expectations and his ultimate purpose. How do you respond when God doesn't fulfill your expectations? How should you respond?


Memory Verse

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9 (NRSV)

Next Steps

The donkey was created in this story for a specific purpose, to be ridden by Jesus into Jerusalem. Do you know what your purpose is? How can God use you this week in some small way to further His Kingdom?



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